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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | July 22, 2015
God is the "Sender"
Remember the 1980s corporate mission statement craze? Some of you may have spent countless hours on unwieldy committees word-smithing one or two sentences. While undoubtedly good things came out of that work, the Church has a very different understanding of the word “mission.” The word derives from the Latin mittere, which means to send. As Christians, we believe God is the “sender.” Therefore, mission is not something humanly concocted, rather it is God’s gift to us. The Prayer Book teaches that the church’s mission is to reconcile the world to God through Jesus Christ. Or as Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said, “Mission is really making us all aware of the incredible love that God has for all of us.”
St. Peter’s has engaged in powerful mission work this summer. Week before last a group of about 18 youth and adult parishioners visited farmworker camps near Dunn, N.C. Our “missionaries” came back filled with testimonies about God’s presence among the workers who are in touch with joy and gratitude despite work conditions that most of us would call inhumane. They returned with a deeper commitment to work for justice on behalf of the farmworkers and to help them concretely by collecting proper gloves and work-boots to protect their bodies from pesticides on the plants they pick. Several of our middle school youth participated in mission work here in Charlotte at the Galilee Center on Central Avenue, readying the space for an afterschool program for refugee children that will launch this fall. And the St. Peter’s Choir School is away this week in Salisbury, England making God’s love known through leading God’s people in musical prayer.
One of the miracles of genuine mission is that both the people “sent,” the missionaries, and those to whom they are sent—the farmworkers, the refugees who visit Galilee Center, the tourists and locals who pop into Salisbury Cathedral—are changed in the process. Together, our hearts become more open, our minds more thoughtful, and our actions more loving. I wonder where your “mission field” is. How are you making God’s love known and discovering God’s incredible love for you and all creation in the process?

Sunday, July 26

Worship services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m

"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Evensong (resumes Fall 2015)
5:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
with Music (resumes Fall 2015)
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)



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Formation and Worship Offerings
Deadline for Vacation Bible School: The registration deadline for Vacation Bible School is July 25. The cost is $30.00 per child for the August 3-7 event. Children will need a sack lunch each day for the 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. experience. RSVP online or contact Laurie Burlington (, 704-749-6155) with questions.

Inquirers'/Confirmation Class: What really happens in the Eucharist? What is so special about The Book of Common Prayer? How can you get to know fellow parishioners better? Come explore these questions and more in our eight-week Inquirers'/Confirmation class, in preparation for the Bishop's visitation on Sunday, October 4. Our clergy, along with parishioners Michael Koppenal and Ruth Woodend, will lead the course, which begins August 2 at 9:15 a.m. in the Parlor. (Note the fifteen minute earlier start time.) To sign up or if you have questions, email the Reverend Joslyn Schaefer ( To learn more about confirmation, reaffirmation of faith, or reception into the Episcopal Church, check the website for more information.

Sign Up for Kerygma: You can register now for Kerygma, the Bible study the Reverend Murdock Smith leads. Fourteen sessions on The Gospel of Luke will be offered Mondays at 6:00 p.m. September 14 through December 14. Text and materials cost $25.00. January 25 through May 2, the sessions will explore the Acts of the Apostles, also for $25.00. Reach out to Father Murdock by email ( to find out more or RSVP online.

Childcare during Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Begins August 2: St. Peter's is blessed to have an abundance of families with young children. In order to meet the needs of parents with young children, childcare will be offered during both Sunday morning liturgies beginning August 2. Families are invited to attend whatever service best fits their needs, along with 9:30 a.m. formation (education) offerings for adults, youth, and children. Visit the formation calendar for upcoming events.

Special Events

Pride Parade Sign-Up Begins: Beginning Sunday, July 26, you can sign up to participate in the Pride Parade on Sunday, August 16. The Pride Festival and Parade will celebrate strides in achieving equality for the LGBT community and advocacy for equality and dignity in all areas of life. St. Peter’s hopes for a significant number of walkers (our goal is 150) to walk in the 1:00 p.m. parade, as well as volunteers to offer hospitality on our front lawn to those who are walking in and watching the parade from the sidelines. Look for the sign-up table after church, contact Bob Beardsley (, 704-544-0609), or sign up online.

Parish News

Training for Licensed Lay Ministry: If you wish to serve as a Eucharistic Minister, a Lector, or an Usher after August 30, it is time to complete the training and continuing education required by the Guidelines for Licensed Lay Ministry in the Diocese of North Carolina. Those interested can choose one of the following sessions: For Eucharistic Minister, either Sunday, July 26, or Sunday, August 2; register no later than Wednesday, July 22. For Usher, either Sunday, August 9, or Sunday, August 16; register no later than Wednesday, August 5. For Lector, either Sunday, August 9, or Sunday, August 16; register no later than August 5. All sessions are 9:15 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. To register, email Director of Ministry Development Mary Virginia Woodall ( by the deadlines indicated above and indicate which session you will attend. If you know of others who might wish to serve through this ministry or you wish to discuss your current and future ministry, contact Mary Virginia Woodall at the email address listed above or call her at 704-749-6151.
Holy Faces Photo Directory Now Online: St. Peter’s photo directory of members is now available online. Once you’ve signed on through the link at, check your photo. The directory will be updated monthly, so if your photo is missing or needs to be updated, please email a medium-quality photo to Peg Robarchek ( You can update your own information to reflect new contact information.

Registration Deadline Moved to July 26 for Parish Retreat Weekend: As registrations for all ages are filling up for August 21-23, interested persons now have until this Sunday to register for our parish retreat weekend. “Celebrate Prayer!” is this year’s theme at Kanuga Conference Center in the mountains of North Carolina. Expect to be fed spiritually, participate in a program facilitated by the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher and Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt, as well as to rest or enjoy activities, including hiking, tennis, canoeing, fishing, and apple-picking. Pricing includes meals, lodging, and refreshments. Look online or for postcards in the Parish House lobby for one or two-night pricing. Scholarships are still available through the parish clergy. Click here to sign up today.
Servant Ministry: How to Get Involved. To assist parishioners with getting involved in servant ministry through parish and non-parish outreach and social justice initiatives, the Rector has appointed parishioner Michael Koppenal to the volunteer staff role of Servant Ministries Coordinator and the Reverend Murdock Smith (Assisting Priest) as the clergy resource for Outreach and Social Justice Ministry. Contact Michael Koppenal (, 201-674-1191) to learn more. Visit the Servant Ministry tab under Explore at for a listing of our servant ministry partners and more.
St. Peter’s Calendar Online: You can now take a look at an online calendar to see everything that’s going on here at St. Peter’s. The easy-to-use calendar is updated regularly to reflect the latest events and happenings. You’ll be able to see the month at a glance, plus click on a specific event for more details. Check the St. Peter’s website for the News & Events, then click on Calendar.

Clergy On Call Protocol for Emergencies: In the event of a hospital or pastoral emergency concerning a parish member or newcomer, contact the Clergy On Call at 704-332-7746. Callers will be directed to a confidential voicemail box that will notify the designated clergy on call for response. This protocol is especially important outside of normal Parish Office Hours, which are Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Parish Clergy limit email correspondence to Parish Office Hours and receive all pastoral phone calls via their publicized direct lines at the Parish House.

Beyond our Doors: Learning and Serving Beyond St. Peter's

Centering Prayer Retreat Day: Father Tom Ward will share his insights on living a contemplative life during a retreat for the Centering Prayer community on Saturday, August 29, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The day will include two periods of Centering Prayer and lunch is included in the $50.00 fee. Register online.

We Need to Talk: This weekly discussion sponsored by MeckMin was launched in the wake of the Charleston tragedy, but will continue Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. The location will alternate between Johnson C. Smith University and Myers Park Presbyterian Church. About a dozen faith traditions are represented in MeckMin, with its mission of promoting interfaith dialogue.

Next Cursillo Scheduled: An Episcopal weekend retreat consisting of reflection, worship, prayer and music led by laypersons and guided by priests, Cursillo will be held Thursday evening, July 30, through Sunday, August 2. For questions, contact Fran or Manning Huske (, 704-362-4107).

Looking Ahead: Mark Your Calendars
  • Recovery Eucharist: August 9, 5:00 p.m.
  • Pride Parade: August 16, 1:00 p.m. – Walkers and hospitality helpers needed. Sign-up begins soon.
  • Formation Celebration and Fall Launch: September 13, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • CROP Walk to fight hunger: October 18, 2:00 p.m.
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